The AFL New Zealand Rising Star award will be awarded weekly to a standout young player in the 2019 AFL New Zealand Premiership.
Each week the award will be allocated to those who show ability that favours the core components it takes to become an AFL Player. To be eligible to be nominated for the award, a player must be born in 2001 or younger.
The AFL New Zealand Rising Star award for round 6 of the 2019 AFL New Zealand Premiership has been awarded to Brad Maloney from the AFL New Zealand Academy.
Brad Maloney is on the fast track to big things within the footy community after his performance for the Northern Suns during round 6 of the Premiership.
The 16 year old has represented NZ at Academy level and is a fast athlete with excellent skills.
Brad has a great game understanding for such a young player and will look to continue to develop his game with goals of making the New Zealand Senior side in the future.
What School do you attend?
I went to Rosehill College and have just started a building apprenticeship this year.
What sports did you play growing up?
I have played Rugby since I was 5 and also BMX racing.
How did you get into AFL?
I got into AFL through school when AFL New Zealand came in and took our class for a lesson.
What do you enjoy about playing AFL?
AFL uses different skills and it’s a fast game which suits me. I also like it as I get to meet new people.
What are your goals for AFL in the future?
Make the under NZ 18 squad for the 2019 Melbourne Trip and follow that by getting into the development for the Men’s Falcons team in 2020.
What do you think your biggest advantage is out on the field?
Biggest advantage is that I’m pretty fast on my feet, I have experience in kicking due to my Rugby background and am also pretty fit which helps.